Marco Haverkort

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Marco Haverkort (1961 – 3 May 2006, Nijmegen) was a Dutch linguist whose research straddled the boundaries of theoretical syntax and neurolinguistics.


Haverkort was an undergraduate student in Nijmegen. His MA-thesis was a study on parasitic gaps. Before taking up his graduate studies in Tilburg, Marco spent time at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (a place he would continue to visit regularly) and at MIT. Between 1988 and 1992 Marco held a graduate position in Tilburg (leading to his 1993 dissertation Clitics and Parametrization), but he spent half of his time at the Department of Linguistics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he became subsequently employed in the year 1992-1993. He then moved to Berkeley (1993-1994) and to the Child Language Program of the University of Kansas, Lawrence (1994-1995), and ultimately the Boston University Department of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures (from 1995 on). Here he supervised many PhD-dissertations and acted as faculty advisor to the Boston University Conference on Language Development.

Around 1998 he was diagnosed with brain cancer, and he moved to the University of Groningen, where Marco was able to pursue his interests in experimental linguistics and neurolinguistics. In 2001 Marco obtained a prestigious Academy of Sciences grant which moved him back to Nijmegen, where his career had started.


In his research, Marco moved from theoretical syntax, via first language acquisition, to neurolinguistics.


  • Haverkort, Marco. 1993. Clitics and parametrization. (EUROTYP Working Paper) Strasbourg: European Science Foundation.
  • Stowe, Laurie & Haverkort, Marco. 2005. Rethinking the neurological basis of language. Lingua 115:997-1042.


In Memoriam, University of Nijmegen

In Memoriam Psychiatric Linguistics